Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

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Her Excellency

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
First Lady of Ondo State
Assumed office
24 February 2017
GovernorOluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu
Preceded byOlukemi Mimiko
Personal details
Betty Onyetugochioma Claribel Uburuamaka Anyanwu

(1953-07-20) 20 July 1953 (age 66)
Owerri, Imo State
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
Spouse(s)Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu[1]
Alma materUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka
ProfessionPolitician, aquaculturist, philanthropist Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN)

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (born 1953) is an aquaculturist, philanthropist, and the First Lady of Ondo State in Nigeria. She is married to Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu.[2] She is the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria.[3]

Birth and education[edit]

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was born on 20 July 1953, to the family of Chief BUB and Nneoma Dora Anyanwu, in Emeabiam, Owerri-West, in Imo State.[4] Anyanwu-Akeredolu attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in zoology in 1977. She holds a master of science degree in fisheries, major in aquaculture, from the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City.[5]


She began her career as a fisheries expert while working with the Federal Department of Fisheries. She retired in 2005.[6][7] She is a commercial fish farmer and provides consultancy services through her firm, Aquatek Farms Ventures.[8] In addition, she has made a foray into politics since 2007 and is active in the present (2017) dispensation.[9]

Charity and philanthropy[edit]

In 1997, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent treatment and survived. She started the nonprofit organization, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN)[10] to raise awareness of the disease. She has won awards in recognition of her work and commitment in the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria.[7]

She is also a supporter of the Bring Back Our Girls movement.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN.[11][7] They have four children and three grandchildren.[12]


  1. ^ "When I met my husband, it was love at first sight – Betty Akeredolu".
  2. ^ "Akeredolu's wife pledges to help end female genital mutilation in Ondo - Premium Times Nigeria". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ "ABOUT". 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "When I met my husband, it was love at first sight – Betty Akeredolu".
  5. ^ "Rotimi Akeredolu's Wife-Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Profile-New Ondo First Lady".
  6. ^ April 2017
  7. ^ a b c ondoevents (17 June 2017). "Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu, Compassionate First Lady of Ondo state".
  8. ^ "Meet Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Wife of Ondo State Governor Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu Her 4 Children : See Brief Profile & Biography – Daily Media Nigeria".
  9. ^ April 2017
  10. ^ "How Nigeria can win the fight against cancer - BRECAN Founder, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu". 6 February 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Why I married Governor Akeredolu – Wife - Nigeria Newspapers".
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